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PoP & Ernesto's Artisanal Organic Cedar Handmade Shoe Trees.

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If there was a market for $1,000 artisanal cedar shoe trees I'm sure the Hanger Project would already be selling them.
post #497 of 3532
I'm with fxh on this. The whole moisture-absorbing thing sounds like a crock to me.

I'm not saying that shoe trees aren't a good idea. But I'm sure that's not the reason why.
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I thought Chris Rock's getup yesterday was on point, almost made his routine bearable. Great example of how you can go a bit edgier than perfectly classic and still look sensible. Burberry tux jacket I think. However IMO when it comes to white tux jackets, white men need not apply.

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Cardinal Pell must be one of the most incurious people on the planet.

 

Either that, or he's extremely obtuse for someone who is obviously an intelligent person.  

 

He was an adviser ("consultor") to the then Bishop of Ballarat, with the responsibility (along with others) of advising the Bishop on moving priests to other positions. It's proven that several other people, including the then-Bishop, knew that former priest Gerald Ridsdale was a paedophile and Pell was present at the meeting of advisers where it was decided that Ridsdale was - yet again - going to be moved. Despite that, Pell says that he wasn't aware that Ridsdale was being moved again because he was a paedophile and that he didn't know of the reasons for the move.

 

Pell knew Ridsdale - he worked in the same parish as him, and he even lived in the same parish house as Ridsdale for a time - and yet, if Pell is to be believed, he did not know why Ridsdale was being moved and nor did he seek to know why Ridsdale was being moved.

 

The whole situation with Pell rather reminds me of this sculpture, over a doorway in the Toshogu shrine in Nikko, north of Tokyo:

 

post #500 of 3532
Pell is a grub.

At every level.
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Dedicates life to the church. Going to hell anyways
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Dedicates life to the church. Going to hell anyways

 

That's the problem, really, isn't it?

 

The institution of the church was more important to him - and to many others inside the church - than the actual people who were being abused.

post #504 of 3532
His life is dedicated to power and politics. The church was always just a vehicle for his ego and ambition.
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Back in that Kyoto.

 

Kinkaku-Ji:

 

 

Golden pavilion - light snow falling:

 

 

One hour later - sunny:

 

 

 

Ryoan-Ji:

 

 

 

The "Tsukubai" stone washbasin, whose inscription (hardly visible here) means "I learn only to be contented" (how very Zen):

 

 

 

 

 

The famous Ryoanji rock garden (ca. 1500):

 

 

As pointed out by (I think) @Journeyman a few weeks ago, one of the garden's fifteen stones is always hidden from view, regardless of where one stands; thus illustrating an important Zen precept.

 

Interestingly, the West seems to have cottoned on to this same idea more recently, in the form of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem (1931).

 

 

A trio of panoramas to finish...

 

Main lake, Ryoanji:

 

 

Rock garden, Ryoanji:

 

 

Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-Ji:

 

 

Hope you enjoyed.

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great photos Cox. brings back fond memories of my japan trip last year.

 

I'll be in Thailand later this month - bangkok and phuket. Any particular places to see or eat? or activities?

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The "Tsukubai" stone washbasin, whose inscription (hardly visible here) means "I learn only to be contented" (how very Zen):

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely photos, Cox.

 

The inscription around the tsukubai is interesting because each of the four characters uses the central, square shape as part of the character. 

 

If you ignore the central "kuchi" (mouth) character in the middle of the basin, the other characters have no connection with or significance to each other, but when you use the central "kuchi" character as a "bushu", or radical, it changes the meaning of each kanji so that the read (from the top, going clockwise) "ware tade taru (o) shiru" or "I only/just sufficiency know" or, to rephrase it, "I know only sufficiency" (in other words, I've never experienced excess or indulgence, but simply had enough for my needs). 

 

Ironically, the tsukubai, including the central "kuchi" shape, very much resembles a coin, so on the one hand it looks like money, but on the other hand the message is one of abnegation and contentment with simple things. 

 

Edited to add: I never thought much of Kinkaku-ji (the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion") until my wife told me about its origin and the all of the political machinations that were going on at the time. It would take too long for me to type it out here but, in short, it's architecturally very interesting because the three stories of the pavilion are not the same - they each represent different architectural styles - ancient Japanese imperial, then a style favoured by the samurai, then Chinese style at the top. It's conjectured - but not known absolutely - that this was a deliberate signal as the shogun who ordered the construction of Kinkaku-ji, Ashikage Yoshimitsu, had two ambitions, firstly to unite the old aristocracy and the shogunate (samurai government) by having his son adopted by the Emperor (hence the first and second floors) and secondly, to strengthen relations with China. 

 

The area used to have many more buildings - contemporaneous writings apparently show that there were a number of other buildings on the same lake as Kinkaku-ji, connected by small, pedestrian bridges. 


Edited by Journeyman - 3/1/16 at 2:18pm
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great photos Cox. brings back fond memories of my japan trip last year.

 

I'll be in Thailand later this month - bangkok and phuket. Any particular places to see or eat? or activities?

Swensen's ice-cream. Sensational!

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I'm with fxh on this. The whole moisture-absorbing thing sounds like a crock to me.

I'm not saying that shoe trees aren't a good idea. But I'm sure that's not the reason why.

 

By my understanding, when the shoe is damp after wear, the leather shrinks, particularly in the creased regions. The shoe tree stops it from shrinking via force. Hence, it stops the ill effects of the moisture, but not via absorption. I believe this is where the confusing comes from.

post #510 of 3532
Blah blah blah blah blah. Church as an institution is just another governing body. No different to any other forms of it. National government, FIFA, Pokemon Association: same difference. You have your share of crooks and political mumble mumble.
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